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- Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 210mm x 5mm | 150g
- Publication date: 27 September 1996
- Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
- ISBN 10: 0747803277
- ISBN 13: 9780747803270
- Illustrations note: b&w illustrations, line drawings
- Sales rank: 1,302,596
Colossal stone temples are one of the most immediately recognisable products of ancient Egyptian civilisation: distinctive in appearance, striking in sheer size and impressive in the skill shown in the carving and painting of their walls. This book looks at what is known about Egyptian temples, their chronological development, and the range of different religious structures referred to under the general heading of temples. Different chapters explain, with illustrations, the nature of Egyptian gods and why they needed temples to built for them, what went on within the buildings, and how priests, acting on behalf of the king, served the god on a daily basis and in regular festivals which involved the population as a whole. It explains the underlying ideas which result in Egyptian temples developing such a particular and peculiar appearance and why both architecture and decoration in Egyptian temples reflect different periods of temple building and different types of temple.
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Steven Snape studied Archaeology, specialising in Egyptology, at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 1981. He was awarded a PhD in 1985 for a study of the cemeteries of Abydos. In 1991 he was appointed Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and he has a particular interest in Egyptian architecture. Dr Snape began his career in fieldwork in Egypt in 1982, participating in the British Museum excavations at Ashmunein. He has since directed archaeological fieldwork for Liverpool University, the Egypt Exploration Society and the University of Pennsylvania in both the eastern and western Delta, northern Sinai and at the temple sites of Abydos, Shanhur (near Luxor) and in the Ramesside fortress at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham.
Table of contents
Introduction; Archaic Period and Old Kingdom temples; Middle Kingdom temples; New Kingdom Cult temples; Mortuary temples; Unusual New Kingdom temples; Late Period and Graeco-Roman temples; Further reading